Friday, July 31, 2009



the symbol of
nature, freshness
good health
and growth
a brighter tomorrow
envy and inexperience

Thursday, July 30, 2009



A man was driving home late one afternoon, and he was driving above the speed limit. He notices a police car with its red lights on in his rear view mirror. He thinks "I can outrun this guy," so he floors it and the race is on. The cars are racing down the highway -- 60, 70, 80, 90 miles an hour.

Finally, as his speedometer passes 100, the guy figures "what the heck," and gives up. He pulls over to the curb.

The police officer gets out of his cruiser and approaches the car. He leans down and says "Listen mister, I've had a really lousy day, and I just want to go home. Give me a good excuse and I'll let you go."

The man thought for a moment and said... "Three weeks ago, my wife ran off with a police officer. When I saw your cruiser in my rear view mirror, I thought that you were the officer and that you were trying to give her back to me!"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Why do some people cross-dress? May be, to attract attention, for the fun of it, to shock others, for comfort or style, challenge social norms. There is always a logical explanation for this behavior. Take the case of this true cross-dressing story.

Police officers are doning wigs and wearing women's clothing to catch criminals targeting females on the city's streets, according to a senior officials. They are taking this unusual move because of the rising crime in the city and it works. By disguising their true identities, they were able to arrest some 60 wanted muggers, who have been targeting officers thinking they are women civilians.

The special formed teams are helping to catch muggers, bag snatchers and pickpockets, which are on the increase in the city. Some male officers wear full burkas (female garments), while others opt for wigs to disguise themselves as women at busy intersections and crowded places where most of the crimes occur.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


If there is any issue today that is getting a loud outcry, it is social justice or civil justice. It is an issue that portrays the harsh reality of life. It speaks about compassion for those who suffer and experience injustices in life and the need to give them the help that they require. Social justice exists when all members of a society are accorded full human dignity and have equal opportunity to choose from among all available options for lifestyle and personal fulfillment.

ocial justice is necessary to make any human society functions smoot
hly. Thus, respect for human dignity and human rights should also be our primary concern. These things are needed to maintain peace and order in our society.

he question is, with whom do we start? We can start by leading a simple, peaceful lives. Peace is a social order or set of human relationship in which community needs are met and social justice is attained through non violent and cooperative action by community members. This mean people are living in an atmosphere where there is maximum dispensing of friendliness and compassion, and harmonious coexistence. Respect of human dignity is a good beginning to a chain reaction of lasting peace.

Monday, July 27, 2009


"... raindrops and roses,
and whiskers on kittens..."


A cat's sense of balance is in its whiskers.


There is no truth about this whatsoever.
Cats use their whiskers as "feelers" but not to maintain
their balance.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


id you know that the use of antibiotics did not begin in this century; early folk medicine included the use of moldy foods or soil for infections. In ancient Egypt, for example, infections were treated with moldy bread.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


"One is not idle becau
se one is absorbed.
There is both visible and invisible labor. To
contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed
arms work, the clasped h
ands act. The eyes
upturned to Heaven a
re an act of creation."


Friday, July 24, 2009


A date picker enjoying the harvest.

A welcome sight in Qatif and Al-Hasa, two primary date-growing areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Date palm pickers generally use climbing harness instead of ladder.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


colleague inquired if there is a daycare facility in our area. He plans to bring his family here, and his wife would like to work, too. He has two young boys, and wishes to p
ut them in a daycare center.

arents who put their young childre
n in daycare centers do so for a variety of reasons. In some cases, even in two-parent homes, the reason is economic: parents feel they must both work to achieve the standard of living they want. Many people believe daycare is good for young children in and of itself. These parents believe even infants can play well with each other. Furthermore, these parents believe the quality of time spent with parents is much more important to children than the quantity. Parents have more time to attend to other and make them happy because daycare relieves the solitude of being a parent. It helps them bring up their children together with others, as they exposed to other adults, not just them.

aycare is a good experience for kids. But how old should a child be before attending daycare? Three years and older seems to be the current consensus among psychologists.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


This sign breaks my heart!

When I was young, my brother used to hit, punch, kick, verbally abuse, and embarrass me all the time because he ever hated the idea of my going around the neighborhood looking for some chores to do.

My brother had this very bad impression that our neighbors were taking advantage of my generosity, and he would always shout at me, "alilang kanin!!!" a Tagalog idiom, meaning you work like a house help for food only and no salary
. This idea stuck with him and it hurt his pride the most. Little did he know that I was being paid more than the value of the work I did for our neighbors, like house sitting, scrubbing floors, washing dishes, baby sitting, watering plants, marketing, washing clothes, ironing clothes, etc.

I always pride myself on being very enterpising at a very young age.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


You run out of cash, go the nearest ATM machine. It serves the purpose. But is it safe to do your cash business through ATM machines on a regular basis?

ATM machines may be one of the useful inventions today, but they prese
nt a lot of potential danger.

It happened lately to an elderly man, who decided to try out one of these newfangled bank-computing machines that dispense money. The only problem was that he knew neither how to read nor how to use one of these odd contraptions. So he decided to wave down the nearest passerby, who happened to be someone the old man would later describe to police as a male in his 20s.

The old man asked the stranger to show him how to operate the mysterious contraption known as an ATM. The youth asked the man for the secret code that allows for the withdrawal of funds through a slot on these electrical boxes with buttons and lights. The man divulged his secret code and the young man proceeded to transfer the old man's funds into his account. Then the young thief told the old man that for some reason the machine wasn't working. The old man discovered later that the young man had tricked him and filed a charge with the local police.

I still believe it is safer getting your money through the bank counter. In the bank, there are cameras and security staff around.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Do you collect plastic bags? I do and I find them very useful. I always fold them neatly after taking out the grocery items, something I learned from an American colleague. I use them when collecting trash. Most of the time as cushions when air-freighting items to Manila.

Oftentimes, we notice that most shoppers prefer to use many plastic bags as possible when packing away groceries at supermarket checkout counters. On the other hand, there are a few shoppers who place larger items in a few plastic bags and put smaller items in their handbags or pockets. It is outrageous and not wise to collect and just throw them away. A lady shopper made a very good point in saying most shoppers end up throwing their accumulated plastic bags in the trash. We can find them blowing across open fields, streets, highways, canals, branches of trees, on beaches and in the water. We can find them everywhere. Plastic bags are now associated with many environmental risk factors; air pollution and health dangers to humans and other living beings.

A concerned group said, we have other options, better options!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Sombreros de la sandia del desgaste de los jaraneros como participan en el festival tradicional de tomatina en Bunol, Valencia, Espana. Sostenido cada ano el miercoles pasado de Agosto, cuentas con la particpacion de diez de millares de gente. Cerca de 115,000 kilos de tomates se lanzan durante la lucha de una hora del tomate.

(Revelers wear watermelon hats as they participate in the traditional tomatina festival in Bunol, Valencia, Spain. It is held each year on the last Wednesday of August, counts with the participation of tens of thousands of people. About 115,000 kilos of tomatoes are thrown during the one-hour tomato fight).

This is a very exciting tradition, and am looking forward to join this year's revelry!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


"All human action
s have one or more
of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion,
habit, reason, pass
ion, and desire."


Friday, July 17, 2009


his may be an old issue, but is still worthy of note.

Parents who tend to over protect their children by obsessive washing need to be educated that it is very bad for their children's health. A research conducted positively indicates a direct link between the frequency of washing and the incidence of eczema and wheezing. The more the children are washed the more likely they are to have the conditions, particularly severe eczema, lending more credence to the "hygiene hypothesis", which suggests that too much cleanliness inhibits the child's natural immune responses to everyday bacteria. Children who are washed the most are two and half times more likely to have severe eczema as well as running an increased risk of asthma.

Is it in order to assume that coming into contact with simple grime and dirt may be good for the children? The research pointed out that lack of such contact, perhaps due to the fact that children spend more time indoors and parents use more anti-bacterial products around the home, may lead to allergies and conditions, such as eczema and asthma.

So this answers my question why many children here have skin disorders. It is not because of the salty water, but because of parents who are obsessive with cleanliness.

Ref: Healthline

Thursday, July 16, 2009


What benefits does a person derive from participating in a group therapy? Does it help a participant to interact more effectively? Does it give you the opportunity to understand the reason why people act differently in a given situation?

A colleague is so quick to anger. Not only does he need to attend anger management, but more in particular join a group therapy to enable him to learn how to adjust and be flexible when it comes to interacting with others. He has an attitude.

Group therapy has proved successfully with people who find it hard to form good social relationships. For many people with emotional problems, being with others who have similar types of problems seem to provide insight into their own feelings and behavior.

Under the leadership of a group therapist or facilitator, members are encouraged to express their real feelings, to be angry and affectionate. They get to analyze the motives behind their behavior, and try to be completely honest with other members of the group. Participants are also encouraged to feel free to criticize one another. By extending the discussion of a problem to everyone, the leader tries to develop in the group a more mature outlook on this particular problem. For them the group setting itself may provide positive reinforcement. Undesirable characteristics are not reinforced by the group. More positive qualities are. Participants can thus learn to modify problem behavior.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Did you know that the ancient Vikings navigated by depending on the instinct of birds. They took on board a number of ravens, and released them one by one as they sailed to the west. If the raven flew back along the course from which it had come, the Viking ships continued due west. But when a raven flew a different way, the ships would change course and follow its flight path to search for new lands.

"... and quoth the raven, nevermore..."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


A young boy at a wedding caused a ruckus among women when they caught him snapping photos.

Photography of people, especially women, is still more or less frowned upon in the Saudi society, as the young boy learned when the woman began physically abusing him after they discovered his unintended plot to digitally dishonor them. The mother rushed to the defense of his son by removing her shoes and hitting other women with her heels. The other women retaliated in a similar manner, and the woman was aided by a group of women from her side of the family.

A scene worthy of Monty Python's Flying Circus ensues as the ladies engaged in a battle with shoes help up into the air. The fight ended when the men broke up the ruckus in spite the distinct possibility that at least some people at the wedding must have been utterly amused at the spectacle.

Monday, July 13, 2009



the symbol of
, gratitude
sympathy, friendship
and sociability

Sunday, July 12, 2009


hat are you going to do if the woman you married wastes so much time on the phone.

man became so mad and couldn't take it anymore after he received another fat phone bill. It turns out that the woman he married had an addiction to participating in phone-in television games shows. He has tried on several occasions to get his significant other to allow her mobile phone to cool down a bit to no avail. The man decided that he could no longer afford his wife telecommunication habits on his meager monthly salary. He immediately split with her. Well, that certainly settled it, doesn't it?

sychiatrists are saying that telephone, cell phone, mobile phone addiction is considered obsessive-compulsive disorder, which looks set to become one of the biggest non-drug addictions in the 21st century.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


"Birds sing after a storm;
why shouldn't peo
ple feel as free
to delight in whatever sunlight
remains to

Rose Kennedy

Friday, July 10, 2009


ow does a child learn to make moral judgments? Is it simply a matter of learning to tell right from wrong?

n the middle childhood years, a child adopts values, beliefs, and attitudes that are handed down by others, in particulars our grandparents, parents, older brothers and sisters. Essential to this aspect of social development are the moral judgments people make about their own behavior and that of others. Such judgments depend not so much on what we can do in a given situation as on what we believe we ought to do.

There are many factors on which children and youth of various ages make moral decisions. Many psychologists believe that moral growth also begins early and proceeds in stages. As one matures, moral good is seen as residing in abstract principles rather than in individuals or even society.

Thursday, July 9, 2009





Percy Bysshe Shelley

A widow bird sate mourning for her love

Upon a wintry bough;
The frozen wind crept on above,

The freezing stream below.

There was no leaf upon the forest bare,

No flower upon the ground,

And little motion in the air

Except the mill-wheel's sound.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Do birds have emotions like human beings? Do they experience joy and happiness when singing? Do they feel pain, sorrow, excitement, stress, nervousness, and sexual stimulation? Scientists and behaviorists believe they do, but not exactly the same emotions we experience.

Please read through --

Here his wife
is injured and
the condition is fatal.
She was hit by a car
as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and
attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again,
but was shocked to find her dead.
He tried to move her ... a rarely-seen
effort for swallows.

Aware that his sweetheart is dead
and will never come back to him again,

he cries with adoring love.

He stood beside her,
saddened of her death.

Finally aware that she would
never return to him, he stood beside
her body with sadness and sorrow.

any people cried after watching these pictures. It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France. All copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don't have a brain or feelings!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


ay I borrow your dog for a few days?

"It's for my mother-in-law," explained the mourner at the funeral procession. Tightening the leash, he gestured down at the dog and say, "My Doberman here killed her."

Just one look into my eyes and you'll know.... !!!

"Gee ... that's terrible," commiserated the spectator. "But.... hmmmm.... is there anyway you might lend me your dog for a day or so?"

The bereaved son-in-law pointed his thumb over his shoulder and answered, "Get in line."

I recall a Filipino comedian, who used to joke about his favorite song and always dedicating it to his mother-in-law. The title of the song .... "Devil Woman!"

ha ha ha!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

SHE'S 20, HE'S 60!

he only daughter of a very good friend, whom I've known since she was a baby was so happy to break the news that she's getting married. I got the surprise of my life when she told me that she is marrying a 60-year old man. She said, she wanted to marry a man three times her age because she believed young men were irresponsible. She added, older men knew how to treat ladies correctly.

No more questions, your honor!

I rest my case!

Sunday, July 5, 2009


audi Arabia has unusual rules for investing in stocks. The locals are limited in the number of stocks they can purchase based on their family size and the availability of the stock. The family ID card issued to all Saudis determines the family size. The idea behind this scheme is to allow the most people to hold stocks in any given listing. Like any system, people often try to bend rules in their favor.

This is precisely what a man did when he went to a local civil department to request that a neighbor's kid be added to his family card so he could increase the number of stock he could purchase. His request was denied because it is illegal to do such a thing.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


"Go confidently in the direction
of your dreams!
Live the life you've
imagined. As you simplify your life, the
laws of the univ
erse will be simpler."

Henry David Thoreau

Friday, July 3, 2009


id you know that the Colosseum receive
d its name not for its size, but for a colossal statue of Nero that stood close by, placed there after the destruction of his palace?

Thursday, July 2, 2009


y friend, Henry, is a generous father-i
n-law. He set a fine example of simplicity when he decided to cancel his daughter's lavish and extravagant wedding and replace it with a small and simple party limited to family members The groom appreciated the gesture and instead spent the money he saved to furnish the bridal home.

Well, I agree that wedding is one of the most important events in most people's lives, and one of the most expensive, too! But careful planning helps reduce the wedding cost without reducing enjoyment. Joyous occasion? I say, yes to that! Memorable? I agree and it's fine, but most of the time these two words mean expensive!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


What kind of person is most likely to use drugs and for what reasons? A common characteristic of all young drug and alcohol users is the lack of both spontaneous daydreaming and a satisfying fantasy life. This may sound ridiculous, but very true. Users are restless and impulsive. They seek outside stimulation and lifestyles, and drugs offer change. Hard drug users, as well as those who use depressants and stimulants, seek an escape from normal reality. They are less likely than soft-drug users to have rich daydreams or to use their fantasies to solve problems. They are mostly victims of harsh realities of their daily lives.

By contrast, nonusers appear to be more orderly, more conformist, and more interested in achievements and in the future. Their daydreams reflect these characteristics.

"A painful reminder that drugs
are not always the answer!"